Father Elizeu Moreira, 27, was arrested for armed robberies in supermarkets and in a pharmacy in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on March 2.
A security video shows that he used a fake gun to steal $249. A judge placed him on March 3 in pretrial detention.
The priest’s lawyer said that his client was receiving a psychiatric assessment, and had not taken his medication for three weeks.
Moreira was just a couple of days shy of marking his 18th month of ordination. He has been temporarily removed from Church duties.
Smell of the sheep and all that. Outreach to armed robbers?